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The Scowley Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Scowley Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Scowley surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Scowley genealogy.

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I. The Scowley Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Scowley family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Scowley brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Scowley Ancestors

II. Scowley Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Scowley records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I find information on men and women named Scowley who served in the Revolutionary War?, then read this frequently asked question.

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Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently count of matching Scowley records matching Scowley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Scowley family history resource today.

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Military Records

III. Origins of the Scowley Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Scowley last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Scowley ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

IV. Scowley DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Scowley relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Scowley research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

V. Scowley Family History

For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Scowley ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Scowley family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Scowley Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Scowley surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Scowley queries.

You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Scowley ancestors.

VII. Scowley Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Scowley Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Scowley, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."

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IX. Upcoming Scowley Family Reunions

One key to a successful Scowley reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Scowley reunion.

 

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